Friday, May 28, 2010

Other: Facebook's New Privacy Controls

I don't care what it says, this is what it boils down to:

Facebook's New Privacy Controls

Friday, May 21, 2010

News: More Stuff Than You Can Shake a Stick At, Part II


It goes without saying, the bearded guy is me. Except, well, for what should be obvious reasons, I have no beard.
Getting from here to there:

The WTF list:
And last, but not least, Kristin Hersh's upcoming studio album Crooked is finally winging its way to Strange Angels like me. (What's a Strange Angel? As an artist with no major label backing her financially, Hersh and her manager/husband put together a new business model to fund new music. You can read about it at CASH Music.)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

News: More Stuff Than You Can Shake a Stick At, Part I

video game lol ANIMAL ABUSE
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Getting from here to there:
Just... wow. (And probably not in a good way.)
And misc lolcat:
funny pictures of cats with captions
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(I believe my last place of employ had one of these, in addition to the manager of scapegoat herders, and some others with job titles I could never decipher.)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Other: This'n'That

  • I've gotten so used to the automatic sinks at work that I keep putting my hands under my faucet at home and waving them around, wondering why the sensor hasn't picked it up... oh.
  • Yesterday my co-workers were talking about an application that needed to "BP" itself. "Um, what's BP?" "Boot straP." "Um, wouldn't 'BS' be a more obvious acronym for that? Oh, wait. Um, nevermind." Of course, at this point, "BS" probably would be the more politically-correct acronym over "BP."
  • The other day Dipity was on the computer desk when a bird flew past the window. She ran straight for the storage bins under the window... forgetting that there's about an 18" gap between the desk and the bins. She was so intent on those birds, though, that as soon as she hit the ground, she was jumping up on the bins. Still, not the brightest cat.
  • I still really hate Macs.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Other: Bitching and Moaning

I'm tired. I haven't been sleeping well lately. And it's making me cranky. Here are some of those things that are just working that last good nerve.
  • There are two things about dealing with Unix that I have always considered voodoo: NFS and printing. We have had NFS issues at work which are a nightmare, and at home I have more or less retired my old WinXP box which had my printer hanging off it. Thus, I've had to move the printer to my FreeBSD box. First it kept failing because it didn't have permission to write to the device file. CUPS, you're running as root. Either fix it yourself or tell me that's the problem and prompt me to fix it. Dumbass. It spews so much garbage to its error log file that it took me forever to figure out what it was complaining about.
  • Thunderbird. All of a sudden it starts prompting me constantly for my Kerberos credentials. Dude, if the server isn't asking for Kerberos credentials (and it's not), why are you? Piece of crap. It still gets my mail from the server, but the Kerberos window will "hide" and then prevent Thunderbird from exiting without telling me. I got home tonight and it turns out my laptop had been sleeping on the bus because when I thought it was shutting down before I left work, it wasn't.
  • That crappy Marmaduke movie. I only learned about it today when there was a commercial for it. While I'm sure the whole script was written by a committee in about 10 minutes, why does the CGI have to look unbelievably crappy? I mean, offensively, rubbing-my-last-good-nerve crappy?
  • The major record labels. I'm having trouble finding good music I like. Anything I do find is pretty much on a dinky label. These bigwigs produce lowest-common-denominator music where talent takes a backseat to looks, and then they wonder why people don't want to shell out money to buy the crap. They blame that on illegal downloads, but they'd either have to be idiots or beyond disingenuous actually to believe that themselves. 99.9% of what they put out isn't even worth stealing.
  • And why the hell are there practically no self-striping yarns which (a) do not contain wool and/or acrylic and (b) come in something lighter than worsted weight?
  • Not having a dishwasher (or a place to hook one up, even). I'm starting to remember some of why my previous forays into cooking died out. Cooking generates a lot of dirty dishes to wash.
  • Whatever bug bit me on the shin and made it itch like crazy. Ugh.
  • Nickel bra hooks. I have an itch between my shoulder blades now, too.
  • Excessively cute cats that just make me want to hug them and squeeze them and love them and call them George, except they really get upset with the squeezing thing, so that just spoils my fun.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Other: Adventures in Cooking

Adventures in Cooking
When pouring hot polenta, try not to cover one of the handles!
As I mentioned previously, I've recently started cooking stuff from scratch. Here are some things I've learned thus far:
  • When making rice pudding, make sure you actually have enough milk before cooking the rice, because you probably don't know how much 3 cups is supposed to weigh when you pick up the carton. Otherwise you end up with rice clumps, which, while edible, just aren't as satisfying.
  • If you're going to try flipping your frittata onto a plate and inverting back into the frying pan, make sure your plate is bigger than the pan first.
  • If you accidentally spill some of your unset frittata eggs on the burner when flipping because your plate is smaller than your frying pan, make sure you clean it up before the next time you cook with that burner or you'll wonder why your cooking polenta smells like burning eggs.
  • Polenta takes a lot of stirring and is not for the lazy. Alternate hands for even muscle workout.
  • Make sure Dipity doesn't make one of her excursions on the kitchen counter when you've left a bunch of chopped tomatoes on the cutting board up there.
At least I can say that I haven't set fire to anything, burned anything (except for some toast I was using to try to make bread crumbs that didn't get toasted enough the first go-round), or made anything totally inedible.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Whiteboard Jungle: Printer Angst

Everyone's a Critic

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Whiteboard Jungle: What I Did At Work Today

Poor Little Printer...
Poor little printer...

And that was BEFORE I drank the beer at the company Cinco de Mayo party.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

News: Just... WTF

Just... speechless.
  • headline: "Neighbor: Times Square suspect 'didn't like sunlight'" This is the most... what, informative? Insightful? Interesting? No, I believe the word is "idiotic" quote to put up about the guy. Seriously, WTF?

  • Aw, man, and I thought I was figuring out this whole cooking thing, and now they throw that at me! WTF!
  • What? You can't copyright the idea of putting vegetables in kids' food? There goes my get-rich-quick scheme. WTF?

  • Well, I guess that's one way to cut down on people needlessly printing out emails. Make them scared of causing toner critical mass. WTF?
  • The crochet WTF of the week. Trust me, don't look at it on a full stomach.
  • I can't read German, but I'm wondering if the title of this magazine translates to "Computers, Programmers, and the Swinging Lifestyle." WTF?
  • And the dumbass of the week: The Florida state senator caught looking at naughty photos on his laptop on the Senate floor. I realize that whole job thing, the one which you went out of your way to get by running for election, is boring, but seriously, WTF?

And the lolcat of the week:
funny pictures of cats with captions
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

News: DIY Week!

This week's sampling focuses on you! Now get off yer butt!

First, some links to awesome images you MUST SEE (but I don't want to hotlink or copy the images):

DIY! (via Lifehacker)
  • Here's what I'm going to be doing this coming week at work! Making a pencil-and-rubber-band crossbow! Because the week after that will be my first week on-call and I need to be prepared!
  • My late tri-colors Pandora and Clio would have loved these hacked bookcases, as they couldn't resist a place to put their fuzzy butt on display (Pandora) or a vertical structure to climb (Clio). But Spoon is, well, lazy, and Dipity will just have to make do for now with the current landscape, because I don't have enough bookshelves for my books at the moment, let alone for cats.
  • I like this idea for keeping your passwords safe in your pocket but virtually uncrackable.
  • I've actually started cooking a little, and I'm eying this recipe for pop-tarts.

Random ebilness: